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Healthy Habits for a great school year

Posted Aug 17 2009 10:04pm

I love new beginnings.  I often get teased for my constant resolve to “turn over a new leaf” as I like to call it.  I love to set goals. I love to do new things. I love the hope, the excitement, and the visions of grandeur it fosters in my little head. 

This week is the perfect opportunity for exactly that!  I have a few health goals I want to incorporate to make this school year the best ever.   I want to keep my kids at their optimum learning capacity.  To avoid mid-winter illnesses.  And to promote excellent behavior in the classroom.

So, here we go!  Let the goals begin!  Our first goal (and one I highly encourage all to take part in) is to:

EAT A SMART BREAKFAST

We do not have trouble with EATING breakfast.  But we can eat a SMARTER breakfst for sure!  Here are the rules:

  1. Never Skip breakfast!   Studies show breakfast eaters perform better at school, have less weight problems, and eat healthier food overall.
  2. Replace refined grains with whole grains!   This is a must in order for kids to have the energy necessary to make it to lunch.  Our kids go from 7:30 am till 12:00 without eating, and they can not suffer a crash because of refined, sugary foods.
  3. Include some low-fat protein (nuts, legumes, eggs, or dairy).  This helps give the carbs some staying power and feeds the brain.
  4. Include FRUITS OR VEGGIES (For all the essential vitamins and minerals they provide)

 Here are some breakfasts that would work well, and include all my requirements:  (plus some random breakfast pictures to inspire me).

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